You cannot coach someone past a point you haven’t gone yourself.
Mastering Life’s Energies is a 4-day intensive for purpose-driven people ready to master their internal stopping points, so they can empower others to do the same.
This course is the foundational module of our Coach Certification Program, as well as our flagship, stand-alone intensive for personal and professional development.
Sacramento, CA • January 22-26, March 11-15, or May 13-17, 2020
Stockholm, Sweden • 31 January – 3 February, 2020 (Learn more »)
Note: The January 2020 course in Sacramento is full. Click here to join the waiting list →
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Tools and skills for a luminous life.
Luminous means: “emitting or reflecting light, startlingly bright, inspiring, radiant, resplendent, stunning, splendid.” In this course, you will learn a simple approach to living a luminous life — a way to create a life in which you see, at any moment, that you are doing exactly what you are here to do. The four aspects of luminosity are:
Seeing who you truly are and what is important to you. In this course you will discover your “True North” and gain tools to live by it.
Putting your energy where it can do the greatest good. In this course, you’ll see where you’ve wasted energy, and how to get it back.
Doing simply what is next on our path, moment by moment. In this course you’ll see how to “get things done” — but with elegance instead of struggle.
Being consistently grateful for the privilege to engage your life. In this course, you’ll gain practices for bringing gratitude to each moment.
Gain a taste for the principles of this course by reading the renowned book by our founder and primary course leader, Dr. Maria Nemeth, PhD.
Curriculum for a life well-lived.
You will gain a foolproof set of tools, practices, and skills for living the luminous life, encapsulated by six core competencies:
Quickly observe and rise above your self-limiting inner dialogue.
Stay centered and respond easily, no matter the circumstances.
Act from who you truly are, rather than from your fears and pretense.
Create a context in which others can see and act from their greatness.
Continually and actively be “coached” by your life and all those in it.
Bring your most cherished vision to reality by taking small sweet steps.
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A profound & practical approach.
Our work is rooted in ontology, the study of being. We look at what it truly is to be human: The values we live by, the heroic journey we are each here to take, and, ultimately, the gift to others we want to be known for. Our approach is:
Universal: Our approach is grounded in principles found across spiritual and secular traditions, from ancient wisdom teachings to the latest research in neuroscience.
Pragmatic: We turn timeless wisdom into an elegant framework of tools and practices for living your values, realizing your vision, and empowering others.
Transformational: Our rigorous approach teaches you how to create lasting shifts in the way you see and do things -- long after the high of an "aha" moment wears off.
Compassionate: Our approach honors the wholeness and dignity of every person, and affirms our capacity to move beyond external obstacles and internal limitations.
Socially conscious: As we support people to see their greatness, they naturally turn to the contribution they are here to make, to their community and to the world.
How the course is structured:
Our approach bridges the disciplines of personal transformation, leadership development, and coach training. The course is an engaging mix of “flipchart-style” teaching, personal reflection, group coaching, peer interaction, and experiential skill-building. The course is structured around four simple elements:
We take universal success principles based in wisdom teachings and neuroscience, and distill them into their most accessible form.
We then give you incredibly simple tools and practices you can use to immediately apply those principles in your everyday life and work.
The course is structured around actually using those tools, so you’ll leave with the skill and confidence to apply them.
You’ll leave with a support structure and simple ways to do something with what you’ve learned, and turn insight into actual shifts in your life.
Why this course?
There is nothing new about the wisdom teachings and success principles underlying our work — they have been around for millenia. What is unique about this work is that it puts these principles into a practical form you can use, to bridge the gap between life as it is and as you know it could be.
You will see lasting shifts in how you do things — long after the “high” of the course wears off.
Our greatest inner obstacle is Monkey Mind, that chattering voice always jumping from worry to doubt and back to doubt again. This course teaches you how to observe Monkey Mind and shift toward thoughts worth thinking.
Tools and Practices
You will learn to practice simple tools and skills that lead to ongoing results — not just “aha!” moments.
So many books and trainings try to teach us about what to do differently… but we still don’t do it! This course provides you a step-by-step system of tools and skills for putting success principles into consistent daily action.
You will experience the incredible ongoing support of a community of learners and doers.
Often momentum and excitement dissipates once you re-enter the “real world” of daily life. You will leave this course with A) structured buddy support and B) a lifelong community of alumni, all dedicated to your success.
Live your values.
What would it be like to end your day satisfied, because you know deep down you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing? What would it be like to live by the legacy you want to leave? To be acting on what matters most to you — and even supporting others to do the same?
Realize your vision.
What if you were consistently doing the things you used to give up on or talk yourself out of — those things that would bring so much joy to your heart and make such a difference in the lives of others and the world around you?
Keep moving forward.
What if you were consistently bringing your best to each situation, no longer slowed down or held back by doubts or overwhelm? What if you had the power to bounce back, respond quickly, and keep moving forward even when things don’t go the way you planned?
Is this course for you?
People attend for many reasons, personal and professional. Do any of these sound familiar to you?
“I’m at a crossroads and I’m ready to see what’s next.”
This course will help you find direction and focus, so you can intentionally create the life you love and make the contribution you are here to make.
“I feel overwhelmed and really need a recharge.”
This course will support you to step back, take stock, and see how to create and sustain a new level of clarity, focus, ease, and joy in your life and work.
“I want to be a more empowering leader, manager, mentor…”
This course will help you master the “inner” domain of leadership, giving you a core set of proven practices for empowering yourself and others.
“I want to be a masterful professional coach!”
Coaches trained elsewhere call this “the missing piece” in their training; AND, aspiring coaches can take this as the first module in our certification program!
We serve purpose-driven people and organizations who see life as it is and as it could be, and are called to bridge the gap.
Coaches, consultants, executives, and managers ready to bring out the greatness in those they serve.
Social entrepreneurs and mission-driven business leaders seeking greater performance, profit, and impact.
Nonprofit professionals, organizers, and civic leaders striving to be more effective and resilient agents of change.
Ministers, educators, healers, parents, and others in helping roles who want to stay centered as they support others.
Growth-minded people who are in a transition and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in their life and work.
What our participants are saying:
“This work has made an incredible and indelible difference in my life for the better! Maria and the other Course Leaders’ calm manner, unbelievable patience, and huge experience has helped redirect my attitude towards making the best contribution in this life that I can. I’ve not only achieved significant goals in our time together but have so with more clarity, focus, ease and grace. Joy is a great side effect of these teachings.”Ruth Connell, Actor
“This course guided me gently, slowly, and with care, to see what stood in the way of my success and fulfillment. At times it was totally uncomfortable, but the whole time, it was safe and well-led. The opportunity to leave with more confidence and trust in my voice of wisdom than ever before was completely priceless. I came with five teammates from my organization, and we were all extremely skeptical. We all signed up for the next course.”Mazin Jamal Mahgoub • Coach, Artist, and Community Organizer
“Trust me, I’ve been through a lot of coaching, leadership, and professional development trainings, but this one really left a mark. I have honestly applied at least one thing I learned in this training *every day* since. For all you project-doers, dream-havers, business-starters, and change-makers out there, I highly encourage you to check out the training yourself.”Pakou Her, Senior Campaign Director of UltraViolet and former Executive Director of 18MillionRising.org
“This work has taken my coaching to a new level and created a lot of energy in my life. I gained a deeper understanding about how I was getting in my way as a coach. The tools I learned have helped me as a coach and in my daily life, and as a result, I’ve been able to help my clients shift from their self-limiting thoughts to what´s most important to them.”Bengt Kallenberg, Executive & Career Coach
“This was life-changing. I use the tools *every day*. It’s helped me see my purpose more clearly than ever, move beyond comparison and resignation, and deepen my self-care practice. I’ve done MANY leadership trainings and seminars but this stands out from the crowd, because the tools are so elegant and practical.”Anna Wagner, Senior National Organizer at Greenpeace USA
“The best part for me is the applicability of the tools and the ongoing support, which I have used every single day, in multiple ways, in the time since the training. My life has been irrevocably changed by the ideas I digested and commitments I made in this training.”Mattie Weiss, Training Director at Educators for Excellence
“This course radically changed the way I do my work. This training provided me with a set of skills to move past my most familiar reactions to change, and tap into a lasting inner fortitude that has me committed to my work for the long haul. And the best part is that I’ve gained a community of practice that has only strengthened over the years.”Seth Bush, Grassroots Organizer at Sierra Club
“Taking this course is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.”Refugio Mata, Program Director at Resource Media
NOTE: Pricing and details for all courses in Sweden may be found here »
All courses run from Wednesday evening through Sunday afternoon.
- January 22-26, 2020 (Note: This course is full. Click here to join the waiting list →)
- March 11-15, 2020
- May 13-17, 2020
Cost: Inclusive sliding scale (see below).
Class Size: No more than 30 people per course.
Location: 1900 Point West Way, Suite 122 in Sacramento, CA.
Logistics: Light snacks provided; lodging and meals on your own.
For Coaches: 30 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs) – 23 Core Competency, 7 Resource Development.
Note: In order for you to get full value from the course, we require full attendance. Please arrange your travel accordingly.
- Wednesday 7:00pm-9:00pm (evening only)
- Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm
- Friday 9:00am-9:00pm (movie night!)
- Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
- Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm
Your Course Leaders
Maria Nemeth, PhD, MCC
Maria Nemeth helps purpose-driven people everywhere see their greatness and bring it all to life.
As Founder and Director of the Academy for Coaching Excellence, she has trained thousands of people worldwide in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors. She is a leading expert in leadership excellence, personal/professional development, and financial empowerment, whose work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A lifelong agent of social change, Maria has contributed in areas such as civil rights, racial justice, women’s empowerment, and health & human services.
Zo Tobi, PCC
Zo Tobi helps people find their place, play their part, and give their gift. He is a Professional Certified Coach, Course Leader, and also an accomplished rock musician and social movement organizer.
Zo has served as co-founder and co-director for Coaching for Social Change and Generation Waking Up, as well as a regional organizer and national campaign director for the Sierra Student Coalition. He has co-organized a 12,000-person youth climate conference, and is been dedicated to building resilient social change movements based on the timeless principles of compassion, generosity, and service which describe the human spirit.
Jeremy Blanchard, PCC
Jeremy is a Course Leader and Senior coach with the Academy for Coaching Excellence. His passion for coaching springs forth from his vision of a world where everyone is supported 100% to share their gifts with the world. Before becoming a coach, he held leadership roles on many climate justice teams.
Register with our sliding scale
We envision a world in which everyone is supported 100% and no one is left out. Our sliding scale reflects that vision, by supporting people to participate who could not otherwise do so.
You don't have to disclose your income. Assess your situation (including savings, expenses, outside support, and fundraising ability), and choose the tier that is a "stretch" but not a hardship.
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As the guest of someone who has joined the course, you have the opportunity to register at no cost. We warmly welcome you to the course, and look forward to having you!
- Full attendance is required.
- Full participation: The investment for this course is normally between $1,000-$3,000, on a suggested sliding scale. We will interact with you as a full participant, and as such, we ask that you participate in the course as such.
- Registration is required: Spaces are limited. Your spot is only secured once you have registered. Do not make your travel arrangements until you complete registration!
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